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MOROCCO ARRESTS SWISS CITIZEN OVER SUSPECTED LINKS TO MURDER OF TWO FOREIGN TOURISTS

RABAT, Morocco, Moroccan security services, arrested a Swiss citizen, over suspected links to the previously arrested people, following the murder of two foreign tourists, in a mountainous area in central Morocco, the Interior Ministry said.

According to a statement from the ministry, the suspect, who also holds a Spanish nationality and resides in Morocco, was arrested in the tourist hub of Marrakesh.

The statement said, the man is suspected of being involved in providing training to other arrested people, and engaging in the recruitment of Moroccan and sub-Saharan African citizens, to terrorist organisations in Morocco.

The bodies of two women tourists, a Danish and a Norwegian, were found on Dec 17, near the tourist village of Imlil, 60 kilometres away from the city of Marrakech.

Initial investigations revealed that the detainee holds "extremist and violent" ideology.

The authorities are probing the murder, as a "terrorist act," in which, some 20 people have been arrested, for their alleged involvement in the killing, including the four alleged murderers.

The last terrorist attack in Morocco dates back to Apr, 2011, when a suspected suicide bomber, blew apart a famous tourist cafe in Marrakech, killing 17 and wounding dozens of others.

Source: Nam News Network